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Hi I'm Steele

I was born and raised in DC, speak Latin and Esperanto, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've lived here in the DC area my entire life, where I'm attending high school. Given the demographics of the region, my friends come from many different religious and ethnic backgrounds. I enjoy studying different languages, video games, and playing the upright and electric bass.

Why I am a Mormon

Having ancestors who joined the Church when it was founded, I'm at least a seventh generation Mormon. By studying the words of the prophets from Adam to Malachi, Lehi to Moroni, and Joseph Smith to Thomas S. Monson, I have grown closer to God and become a better person than I ever could be otherwise. When I first became old enough to read and understand the scriptures, I began reading the Book of Mormon. I have since finished it, and cannot deny that it has come from God.

How I live my faith

At a high school of four thousand students, I am the only Mormon at my grade level. Every day, I do my best to represent what it means to be a disciple of Christ to an overwhelmingly large audience. Before leaving for school, I attend a one-hour scripture-study class each morning at the church. This class helps Mormon teenagers become familiar with our 2,468 pages of scripture before leaving home. I am a priest, which means that it is my responsibility (and privilege) to participate in preparing, blessing, and passing the sacrament to my congregation every Sunday.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Men and women play different, but equal roles within Mormon families and in the Church. Men hold the priesthood, provide for the family, and lead the family spiritually; women raise the children and turn the house into a home. A family missing a man or a women is highly incomplete, and I don't know a single Mormon woman (or man) who feels oppressed by this set up. Women do hold leadership positions in the Church, just not the same ones as men. The Relief Society is the Church's women's organization, and only Mormon women can be members and leaders thereof. It even has a separate office from the Church administration buildings in Salt Lake City, and does a lot of humanitarian work. Show more Show less